Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:42 AM
The state Senate is poised to vote on Wednesday on a bill that overhauls the way the state distributes special education funding to public schools. The new formula distributes resources based on a three-tiered system of funding based on the cost of providing services to special education students and incidence of disability. It moves away from a funding system that assumed all districts had 15 percent of their students with mild disabilities and 1 percent with severe disabilities to educate. The proposed formula is the product of a bipartisan Special Education Funding Commission's work and some last-minute negotiations to make adjustments to address charter schools' concerns about how it treats their special education funding.
The Senate today voted 35-15 to accept an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, to reflect the outcome of the negotiations over the formula's treatment of charter schools. Pileggi said the amendment's intention is to implement the new formula "in a way that allows public charter schools to continue to grow and to thrive."
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Source: www.pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, Posted on June 17, 2014.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:29 AM
Meeting shortly after Gov. Tom Corbett's call for action on pension reform as an essential first part of a 2014-15 budget plan, Pennsylvania House and Senate Republican leaders voiced broad support for the governor's goals. But the GOP legislative leaders cautioned Tuesday that they may be forced to operate on a different order of priorities. "Our concern in the Senate is first to make sure that we pass a responsible, sustainable budget," Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, said earlier Tuesday. "That's our Constitutional obligation. These other bills (public pension reformand liberalization of Pennsylvania's alcohol sales laws) are important bills that we're working on and will continue to work on. "That's not in conflict with the governor's position," Pileggi continued. "But maybe our priorities are a little different."
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Source: www.pennlive.com, by Charlies Thompson, June 17, 2014.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:27 AM
Gov. Corbett on Tuesday said he is willing to miss the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget if more time means he can get his initiatives done. “We need to get this done right rather than quickly,” Corbett said during an afternoon press conference in the Capitol. “So if we are not able to do this budget by June 30, we are not able to do this budget by June 30,” Corbett said of meeting the deadline. “I am willing to be here. … No bluster. No threats. Just facts.”
Having said that, the Republican governor said he was optimistic that he and the GOP-led legislature can meet the deadline for the fiscal year, which begins July 1. But he reiterated his position that he will not consider any proposals to raise new revenue — including a natural gas extraction tax — unless the legislature delivers on two of his priorities: reining in the skyrocketing cost of public employee pensions and privatizing the sale of wine and spirits.
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Source: Inquirer Commonwealth Confidential Blog, by Angela Couloumbis, Posted June 17, 2014.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:22 AM
Gov. Tom Corbett acknowledged Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s budget situation is not pretty but insisted he will not listen to arguments for a tax increase until lawmakers pass major legislation slashing public employee pension costs. A tax increase is looking increasingly likely as lawmakers eye a state budget for the soon-to-start fiscal year. The alternative — cutting programs, tapping politically sensitive grant programs or forgoing more aid for public schools and human services programs — would be a challenge to pass, said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi. Corbett and Pileggi spoke against the backdrop of closed-door negotiations on Corbett’s $29.4 billion budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Stumbling tax collections and risky assumptions, however, have blown a nearly $2 billion hole in that plan.
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Source: The Associated Press, by Marc Levy, Posted June 17, 2014.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:16 AM
You will find the links below to the final principal evaluation regulations, published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. This process has allowed PDE to engage in significant research aimed at assisting building leaders in improving practice that will enhance student achievement. PDE has copyrighted all documents concerning principal evaluation in the Commonwealth.
Friday, June 13, 2014 8:22 AM
Pennsylvania is gearing up to overhaul its education spending under a measure Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law on Tuesday. The Basic Education Funding Commission will study a new way for distributing new state funding to school districts. It is expected to come up with a recommendation next year. Rep. Bernie O'Neill, R-Bucks, pushed for making changes in the way the state allocates money for education, arguing the current formula is obsolete. At present, Pennsylvania divvies up state funding to school districts in proportions that have remained remained fixed in recent years, regardless of demographic changes.
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Source: www.pennlive.com, article by Gideon Bradshaw, June 12, 2014.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:24 AM
PA Principals Association will be offering a NEW, ACT 45 approved program in the fall titled, “Linking Student Learning to Teacher Supervision and Evaluation.” The program will be held as a pre-conference session on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in conjunction with the 2014 PA Principals Association Conference at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh.
Participants will receive 30 Act 45 hours for their participation in the session and the completion of pre-session readings and post session activities. The targeted audience is K-12 school leaders and supervisors. Participants will be engaged in activities, discussions and reflection on the following topics:
Instructors for the program will be; Dr. Paul M. Healey, PA Principals Association executive director, Beth Haldeman, elementary principal, Cocalico School District, and Dr. Joseph Clapper, PA Principals Association assistant executive director.
If interested in this PIL offering, please visit the PA Principals Association website to register today. You may also want to take advantage of our other PIL session which will be offered during the conference, “Leading the Improvement of School Culture to Maximize Student Learning.” This program also offers 30 Act 45 hours, thus a participant can attain a total of 60 Act 45 hours by taking both programs in October at the state conference.
Register today! Go to www.paprincipals.org – then go to the State Conference tab on the Main Menu, click on the first drop down tab named Register Now, select Full Conference from the options and the PIL programs will be displayed.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:20 AM
The House of Representatives left town for the week Wednesday without a vote on a Republican plan to alter the retirement benefits of future school and state workers.
Republican leadership had indicated the pension proposal, backed by Gov. Tom Corbett, was on the agenda Tuesday, and members discussed the bill in private meetings. But they declined to call a vote that day or the next. “It’s a complex issue, and it just takes a little extra discussion to get people comfortable that it addresses whatever their concerns are,” House Speaker Sam Smith said after the House adjourned. “We’re a little slower this week than I probably would have liked, but we’re still moving forward and hope to get a pension bill passed by the House in the near future.” The Republican-backed proposal is in the form of an amendment to existing legislation, so the House would have to approve the language and then vote again to send the bill to the Senate.
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Source: Article by Karen Langley and Kate Giammarise / Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau, June 12, 2014.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:49 AM
There's no question money is at the heart of the state's pension problem. But the money problem limiting lawmakers' debate on reforming the two state pension systems may not be the one you think. The Public Employee Retirement Commission is out of money. In fact, it has spent $20,000 of its next fiscal year's appropriation. So without money, it can't perform actuarial studies on any more pension reform proposals — including the one crafted by Rep. Glen Grell, R-Hampden Township — until after the July 1 start of the new fiscal year, when lawmakers hope to have put this issue to bed and be heading home for their summer break. Click here for full story.
Source: Pennlive.com, by Jan Murphy, June 10, 2014.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:43 AM
TO: News Editor/News Director
CONTACT: Sheri L. Thompson, Director of Communications
RELEASE: UPON RECEIPT
Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., Hired as Assistant Executive Director of State Principals’ Association
The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph H. Clapper, D.Ed., as the assistant executive director. Dr. Clapper brings more than 30 years in public education to the association.
Dr. Clapper will retire this summer from the Quaker Valley School District, Sewickley, Pa., as superintendent of schools. He has held that position since 2007. Prior to this position, he served as superintendent of schools in the North Hills School District in Pittsburgh, and as the assistant superintendent of Quaker Valley School District. He also has experience as a high school and elementary school principal, assistant principal, supervisor of instruction, elementary teacher and secondary English/reading teacher.
In addition, Dr. Clapper was an assistant professor of education at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., teaching undergraduate coursework in educational psychology, foundations of education, elementary and secondary instructional methods and early childhood education, as well as a field experience coordinator and staff development instructor for The Pennsylvania State University. While in this position, he created a new student teaching center in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.
“I am thrilled about this unique opportunity to advocate for our profession on behalf of the members of PA Principals Association. I am proud to represent PA Principals Association and will do my part to improve educational opportunities for students and educators across the Commonwealth.”
Dr. Clapper has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his highly esteemed career in education, such as the Penn State Leadership and Service Award (which will be awarded in October 2014); the Tri-State Distinguished Educator Award (March 2014); the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrator’s (PASA) Award for Service to the Profession (2013); and the William E. Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Supervision from the Pennsylvania School Study Council (2013). He currently serves on PASA’s Board of Governors; as the chairperson of the Leadership Services Team for the superintendents in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit; and is the Superintendent of Record for the Parkway Career and Technology Center. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s State Assessment Advisory Committee, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, among others.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Shippensburg University. He earned his doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Clapper is married to Dr. Christy Clapper, who is a retired school counselor. Their daughter, Laura, will be pursuing her doctorate in music in the fall at Florida State University.
Dr. Clapper is scheduled to begin his duties at PA Principals Association in August, which will include advocacy work for the association; providing assistance to members via professional advice and referring legal matters, where appropriate; and assisting with professional development needs for members.
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